Chromebook X is Google's new high-quality laptop initiative – Android Police

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The company wants to make it easier for people to pick the best Chromebooks
Google may not sell its own Chromebooks anymore, but the company still seems fully committed to ChromeOS. A lot of new features have rolled out in the past, and a big Material You-based redesign is coming soon. To showcase the best Chromebook hardware to go along with ChromeOS, Google is reportedly working on a new “Chromebook X” program meant to collect the best products under one umbrella.
The Chromebook X initiative, spotted by 9to5Google, is supposed to make clearer to customers which ChromeOS-powered laptops are the best of their kind, offering all the latest and greatest features like gaming support through Steam or advanced Linux virtualization options. The new branding is supposed to appear prominently on devices’ exterior, though it’s still unclear if they will actually be called “Chromebook X” or if this is just a placeholder. Right now, it doesn’t look like Google has a device of its own planned, so don’t hold your breath for a Pixelbook successor.
To become part of the program, manufactures will have to fulfill some minimum hardware requirements. Google is said to request a minimum amount of RAM, a good-enough camera for impeccable video conferencing, and potentially a higher-end display. Chromebook X devices also require minimum processor configurations, with AMD Zen 2+ (Skyrim), AMD Zen 3 (Guybrush), and Intel Core 12th Gen (Brya & Nissa) in the mix.
As 9to5Google notes, Nissa chips are usually found in cheaper laptops that cost less than $400, which is why the publication speculates that Chromebook X devices are supposed to target the $350 to $500 range — the sweet spot that many people are interested in, but that’s crowded with way too many options to understand what’s best. Some existing laptops in this range might even be upgraded to become Chromebook X devices, giving them access to a few exclusive features.
As for these features, the publication reports that the Chromebook X devices will be set apart from others with time of day wallpapers that change depending on sunrise and sunset, support for up to 16 virtual desks, improved offline availability for Drive files, and a different retail demo mode. First devices in this program are supposed to launch sometime later this year, with Chrome 115 required as a minimum — which is already under public testing.
If you don’t care for all these fancy features, you can just turn your aging Windows or macOS laptop into a Chromebook, though. This so-called ChromeOS Flex version lacks some features, but it will certainly breathe new life into your older device.
Manuel Vonau is Android Police’s Google Editor, with expertise in Android, Chrome, and other Google products — the very core of Android Police’s content. He has been covering tech news and reviewing devices since joining Android Police as a news writer in 2019. He lives in Berlin, Germany.

Manuel studied Media and Culture studies in Düsseldorf, finishing his university career with a master’s thesis titled “The Aesthetics of Tech YouTube Channels: Production of Proximity and Authenticity.” His background gives him a unique perspective on the ever-evolving world of technology and its implications on society. He isn’t shy to dig into technical backgrounds and the nitty-gritty developer details, either.

Manuel’s first steps into the Android world were plagued by issues. After his HTC One S refused to connect to mobile internet despite three warranty repairs, he quickly switched to a Nexus 4, which he considers his true first Android phone. Since then, he has mostly been faithful to the Google phone lineup, though these days, he is also carrying an iPhone in addition to his Pixel phone. This helps him gain perspective on the mobile industry at large and gives him multiple points of reference in his coverage.

Outside of work, Manuel enjoys a good film or TV show, loves to travel, and you will find him roaming one of Berlin’s many museums, cafés, cinemas, and restaurants occasionally.

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